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Throwing a party at home or a nightcap can be fun and relaxing, but it becomes stressful when the drinks get on the carpet. You need to be swift in cleaning to get rid of whiskey stains.
You need to act quickly and have some soda nearby. Even white wine can work!
My main tip to you is to act quickly. The whiskey stains can be stubborn and sticky if you leave them too long. You have to treat the stain immediately, so you have a better chance of getting it out.
If you have guests over, politely put a paper towel or a cloth to absorb the whiskey. Use this as a blotting medium to get the stain out as much as possible. Go in an up-and-down motion.
Don’t rub the stain, as it can make it ten times worse. The whiskey can get deep within the fibers, permanently staining your carpet. This may ruin your carpet or need you to call in professionals.
Club Soda and Ammonia — The Most Common Method
Carpets are the first to fall victim to stains and spills. For whiskey stains, club soda and ammonia are usually the most effective method. Follow the steps carefully, so you avoid more mess and additional grime and dirt.
The steps are as follows:
- Saturate the stain with the club soda.
- Put a white towel on top of the stain and press it firmly. This will absorb the moisture.
- Repeat this process until the stain and whiskey are faded from the carpet.
- If the stain is still being stubborn, you can blot some ammonia on a sponge then onto the stain. Don’t apply ammonia straight onto the carpet!
- Press the towel on the stain again. Repeat this step a couple of times until the stain is removed.
- Blot the area with clean water to rinse the ammonia out. This step is very important. Ammonia cannot be left on the carpet too long.
- Use another clean towel to absorb the moisture.
Let your carpet dry thoroughly. Once it dries, you should see no trace of the whiskey. These steps can also be followed if whiskey falls on your upholstered furniture. If you’re concerned about the odor, you can follow the steps we listed in this article since it’s a general guide for most types of liquor.
If you don’t have any club soda or don’t wish to use ammonia, you can check out my other techniques below!
Vinegar is something that’s readily available and offers odor control as well as stain management. You should NOT be using white vinegar on your carpet, so let’s make a solution!
Mix a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid, 1 and a half cups of water, and one tablespoon of white vinegar. Soak your cloth in the vinegar solution and squeeze to get the excess out.
💡 Always use white vinegar as other kinds of vinegar may leave a stain or have high acidity.
Get a dry cloth and blot any excess whiskey before starting. Pat the stain and let the mixture soak into the carpet. It will loosen the stain and help you get it out. After that, dab with a dry towel to take out vinegar residue.
If you use this method, you should use your steam cleaner afterward. It will give you extra cleaning as well as added freshness.
Baking Soda and White Wine
White wine? Really?
Clear white wine can dilute the stain like water. If you are hosting a party, this is a good method. DO NOT pour too much on the carpet though! It might become a stain on its own. This, combined with baking soda, makes a deadly stain buster.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Dishwashing Liquid
Use a good amount of dishwashing liquid and mix some hydrogen peroxide with it. After blotting the excess, spray the mixture on the carpet. The amount you make depends on the size and how much whiskey you spilled.
Let it sit a while before blotting it off.
💡 Hydrogen peroxide is a mild bleaching agent, so this method works best on light-colored carpets. Do a spot test first before using the agent.
The older a stain is, the more difficult it is to remove. Therefore, it’s best to tackle it on the same day if possible. Always work from the outside going into the center, so you do not spread the spill to other areas of the carpet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can alcohol stain clothes?
Any liquor, even if it is clear, can stain your clothes. These stains are from tannins, which is a plant complex that shows as a color in the end product. Blot your clothes with a white paper towel, then blot with cold water and wash as normal.